J'AIME JULY AUGUST 2018

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J’AIME

Y O U R L O C A L L U X U R Y L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

BEST OF THE REST:

FASHION, BEAUTY,

INTERIORS AND EVENTS

TO MAKE YOUR SUMMER

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Welcome to J’AIME

This month’s J’AIME marks a very special

milestone for us; it has been one year since

we launched the magazine, and what a year

it’s been! We’d like to take this opportunity

to thank each and every one of our readers,

advertisers and distributors for helping to

make J’AIME the success it is, and we hope

you continue to enjoy the magazine for years

to come.

We are now distributing into Kings Bromley

and Abbots Bromley, so to those readers

receiving their first issue we’d like to say a

big ‘hello’, and we hope you come to love

J’AIME just as much as we do.

To help celebrate, we’ve got a host of

fantastic competitions in this issue. Lichfield

leather bag brand Yoshi are making waves

with their quirky designs, and we’ve got

a stylish Afternoon Tea shoulder bag and

matching purse set up for grabs. We’ve

also got a beach accessories package worth

£100 from Dolphin Swimware at Mitchell’s

Exclusive Shopping in Sutton Coldfield.

Foodies will know the superb reputation

of Hampton Manor’s Michelin-starred

Peel’s restaurant, run by acclaimed chef

Rob Palmer, who comes to Lichfield for a

Sauce Supper Club pop-up in August. We’ve

got a fantastic dinner, bed and breakfast

at Hampton Manor up for grabs worth a

whopping £500.

And finally, win yourself a summer hair

makeover, courtesy of the talented team

at Francesco Group Streetly. Phew! We’ve

packed a lot into this issue, so celebrate with

us and enjoy!

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CONTRIBUTORS: MARTIN PLOWMAN,

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PIDDINGTON, JILL HARTLEY, PATRICK GAUNT

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CONTENTS

InsideJ’aime this month...

6 Yoshi Lichfield - The stylish bag company with

Lichfield roots

12 Property - Property of the month

14 Interiors - Create a bathroom sanctuary

18 Interiors - Subtly bold orange

22 Interiors - Timeless herringbone

26 Food and drink - Reviewing Richard Turner at

Sauce Supper Club

28 Competition - Win a Michelin-starred dinner and

an overnight stay at Hampton Manor

30 Cake Spa - Lichfield’s cakes with style

36 Food & drink - A birthday themed cocktail of the

month from Le Rêve

38 Food & drink - Investing in vintage booze

40 Food & drink - White wine picks from Ital Sardo

42 Food & drink - Lichfield’s foodie pedigree

44 Travel - Victorious Valencia

48 What’s On - Our pick of events around our

area this month

50 What’s On - The hottest tickets around

Birmingham

52 Fashion - The holiday edit

54 Fashion - Summer style from Nero e Bianco

58 Competition - Win beach accessories worth

£100 from Dolphin Swimware

59 Beauty - Holiday essentials

60 Competition - Win a hair makeover at

Francesco Group Streetly

62 In the news - A company rebrand; a wizard

solution and a new addition

65 Motors - Success at Silverstone for Martin

Plowman

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FEATURE

Bags of style

A LICHFIELD HANDBAG COMPANY IS MAKING WAVES WITH THEIR QUIRKY DESIGNS WHICH HAVE

FANS AS FAR AFIELD AS AUSTRALIA AND AMERICA. AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS MORE

LUKE GRIFFITHS-JONES AND

JAMES HEATHCOTE ARE THE

FOUNDERS OF LICHFIELD

BAG BRAND YOSHI

When James Heathcote and Luke Griffiths-Jones

spot a customer wearing one of their designs, it’s still

a cause for excitement. They often spot a familiar

bag in the local supermarket, or wandering down the

street on the arm of a proud owner. The distinctive

designs, after all, are certainly eye-catching.

“It’s lovely to see people out and about with our

bags,” says James. “We always want to stop people

and say ‘hi’ when we see them with our products.”

The duo are the brains behind Yoshi, an innovative

handbag and leather accessories brand which is so

proud of its Lichfield roots that the city’s name forms

part of the company logo.

“Radley has London, Kate Spade has New York, and

we have Lichfield,” laughs 35-year-old James.

And while they often spot Yoshi fans in and around

their hometown, James and Luke have encountered

their products in the unlikeliest of places.

“We went to a gig out in Geneva and we’d stopped

off for a coffee,” remembers James. “The only other

people in the cafe were a couple, and when the

women got out her purse we saw it was one of ours.

We were like little kids, it was so exciting!”

James and Luke’s exuberance and excitement

over their designs is catching - and it shows in the

products themselves. Their signature style is playful,

quirky and fun, combining elaborate hand-drawn

designs appliqued onto quality leather.

A firm favourite among customers, the Bookworm

collection pays homage to literary classics with books

lovingly hand-stitched onto the front of bags of all

shapes, sizes, styles and colours.

For something a little tastier, the Biscuit collection

offers a delicious repertoire of bags, purses and

keyrings in the shape of everyone’s favourite teatime

treats. There are custard creams, bourbons, Nice

biscuits, cookies, iced rings and even Jammy Dodgers

- a collaboration with the official Jammy Dodger

brand.

The latest launch, which has just hit the Yoshi

website, includes around 20 different collections

featuring everything from adorable pooches to quaint

cafe scenes, retro VHS stacks and plenty of cake.

Alongside the applique bags is also a selection of

plain leather offerings, including cool retro satchels

and backpacks in vibrant colours.

Launched in 2006, Yoshi may be a relatively new

name in the handbag game, but it comes with the

backing of more than 50 years of experience in

product design, manufacture and - most importantly

- the handcrafting of leather.

Yoshi’s parent company Lichfield Leather was set up

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y James’ dad Bernard in the 1960s to manufacture

and supply high quality handcrafted leather goods

to customers in the UK and beyond. It was at a time

where nearby Walsall was the centre of the leather

industry and crafting leather was still seen as a skilled

trade.

“The company started out wholesaling products to

retail shops and for a long time that was the focus,”

says 39-year-old Luke, who has been part of the

business for the past 21 years.

“Obviously British manufacturing waned seriously

and around 25 years ago we made the decision to

manufacture our products in India; unfortunately, if

we hadn’t made that step the company would have

gone by the wayside.

“Years ago in Walsall people could leave education

and do further education learning leather work

but that’s long disappeared so even if we wanted

to manufacture in Britain it would be difficult, and

you’d have to pay a premium.

“In India the leather industry is thriving;

manufacturing standards are fantastic and again they

have the colleges teaching leather craft.”

Luke makes regular visits to the factory in Kolkata

where Yoshi’s products are made; the company

is even in the process of making the factory they

currently use a dedicated Yoshi factory.

“Because of the demand for the products we want

to have control over supply, so we’re doing things

out there to facilitate that,” says Luke. “We have the

EVERY DESIGN IS

HAND-DRAWN

AND INTRICATELY

APPLIQUED

THE BOOKWORM

COLLECTION IS ONE OF

YOSHI’S BEST SELLERS

factory audited so that working conditions are right

and workers are paid an adequate wage.

“Leather preparation can also be an industrial

process. Production used to happen in the cities

but that caused so much pollution to water supplies

so now factories have been moved out to locations

where they’re not affecting water with pollution, and

all waste has to be disposed of correctly, so it’s must

greener and more sustainable. It’s important that the

leather we use is sustainable and traceable.”

The Yoshi brand was created by James and Luke

initially as a capsule collection for the wholesale

business. But it soon became evident that it could be

so much more.

“When we were looking at the brand and what to

call it, we had some logo concepts created and one

was a red ball, which I thought could look like a

cherry,” says Luke. “There’s the yoshino cherry tree

which is one of Japan’s most famous native cherry

trees, and the name was adapted from there.”

The initial foray was rather tentative, trademarking

the Yoshi name and creating a first logo, but it’s

only in the past four years that Yoshi, as a brand,

has come into its own. Since the Yoshi website was

launched in 2014, the brand has developed a distinct

identity. While they also offer a more classic range of

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THIS RETRO

SATCHEL IS AN

INTSTANT CLASSIC

plain bags, backpacks and satchels, it is the applique

designs which are most associated with the Yoshi

name.

“Yoshi actually started with plain products and it

was only in 2014 that we decided to build a concept

around the applique designs,” says Luke.

“There’s a huge amount of work which goes into our

applique designs. Everything is hand cut out and it’s

really intricate work. This kind of product is quite

unique and it’s what we’re becoming known for. It’s

a fun take on a leather bag and the products have a

real personality about them.”

The current collection has coincided with a fresh

new look for the Yoshi brand, with a stylish logo and

a website revamp.

A simple coral square emblazoned with Yoshi

Lichfield in white text, the logo is now a prominent

feature of every bag and purse. As is the new lining

design, a geometric fan pattern which gives a subtle

nod to the Japanese influence behind the name.

A mammoth photoshoot captured the best side of

each bag - modelled beautifully by James’ wife Zoe.

“We did the shoot at Wall Village Hall and it was a

really lovely day out for the company,” says James.

“Because there are so few people who are part of

Yoshi, it was nice to involve our other halves. We put

the music on, got some nibbles and it was great.

“Me and Luke went shopping in FatFace for clothes

for Zoe to wear on the shoot, which was actually

really fun finding things to match each bag!”

As a small, family business, James and Luke - who

both started in the warehouse packing orders - are

happy to turn their hands to every element of the

production process, from designing new products to

delivering orders to happy customers.

“James and I work with our designer, Kirsty, who

translates all of our ideas into designs,” says Luke.

“It’s a bit of a free-flowing process where we all sit

down and chuck ideas into the pot and before you

know it you have the structure of a collection. For

us, the most exciting part is going through sketches,

designs and ideas.

“One of the new ideas is a Bookworm bag, but all

of the books are cooking and baking related, which

is a nod to Lichfield as a really foodie city. And as

an alternative to Bookworm we’ve done a collection

with retro VHS cassettes and I actually did the

artwork for that myself.

“Everything is hand-drawn, and we’ve developed

a certain style which we keep to with all of our

designs.”

One of the most important aspects of the Yoshi

brand is the customer service; James and Luke pride

themselves on going above and beyond for their

customers.

“We’re really passionate about our products and we

care about our customers; we always try to go that

extra mile,” says James. “We’re as personal as we can

be and we go out of our way to help customers.

“It was Christmas week last year and someone from

Lichfield dropped us a line on Instagram because

they love our custard cream purse and really wanted

one for the Sunday. We’re not open at the weekend

but we went in, picked one up and dropped it off for

her.”

Yoshi is the kind of brand that people don’t hesitate

to ask about and comment on if they spot someone

ADORABLE POOCHES

FEATURE IN MANY OF

YOSHI’S DESIGNS

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wearing one of James and Luke’s creative designs.

“I was in New York last year and my wife Becky took

a couple of bags with her, and people kept stopping

her saying how much they loved them,” says Luke.

“We went into Kate Spade and even there, with rows

and rows of handbags on sale, the lady behind the

counter came over to say she loved Becky’s bag.”

James adds: “We were visiting one of our accounts in

Amsterdam; it’s a really traditional bookshop and the

owner has a Bookworm bag, and she told us that so

many people stop her to ask about it.”

Yoshi’s growth has been organic, with people finding

the bags through word of mouth and customers

recommending the brand to friends.

“One of the easiest ways to get known as a brand is

to go into department stores; House of Fraser and

Debenhams have shown an interest in stocking Yoshi

but you have to do it on their terms and for us that

means losing some of what we’re about” says Luke.

“We wholesale to independent retailers; in Lichfield,

Golunski and The Kitchen Shop stock our products,

and the Cathedral Bookshop have our Bookworm

range, and we have stockists around the country.

“Then on the website we get orders from as far afield

as America and Australia; I still find it amazing that

our bags travel so far across the world.”

While the brand may be growing, James and Luke

are keen to remain true to their values.

“We’re based on the same traditional values that

the original wholesale business has and we’ll never

lose that; we’re still heavily involved in the wholesale

side,” says James.

“But in separating the Yoshi brand we’ve been able

to take ownership of it and decide how we want it to

grow,” adds Luke.

“Lichfield has a great creative community at the

moment; there are so many good, creative businesses

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and everyone is so good with supporting each other,”

adds James. “There’s a really nice vibe here and

I think Instagram, in particular, is helping people

connect with other local creatives. It’s a great

platform for sharing content and getting the word

out about Yoshi.

“We’ve been down to the food festival and Grub

Club, and we did a giveaway of our Bookworm bags

for Lichfield Literature Festival. It such a nice place

to be and a nice place to push as part of our brand.

“People are carrying our bags and they’re really

excited about it, and we’re still always excited to see

them wherever we are - but it’s always especially nice

to spot a Yoshi Lichfield bag in Lichfield.”

For more information and to see the new

Yoshi collection, visit www.yoshi.co.uk or

find Yoshi on Instagram and Facebook.

The Competition

J’AIME HAS TEAMED UP WITH YOSHI LICHFIELD TO OFFER READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN THIS

STYLISH AFTERNOON TEA SHOULDER BAG AND MATCHING PURSE.

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, SIMPLY ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION:

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PROPERTY

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WE TAKE A SNEAKY PEEK AT SOME OF THE HOTTEST PROPERTIES ON THE MARKET

IN THE AREA EACH MONTH. THIS MONTH’S SELECTION IS A TRULY PRESTIGIOUS

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This magnificent family home, which is enveloped by 10

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transformed it into the exceptional home that it is today.

On entering, one is welcomed by a spacious hall with central

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Adjacent to the hall is the formal dining room which in turn

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The leisure complex has a stunning gymnasium with feature

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Packed with character, period-style bathrooms continue

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statement. Opt for a painted bath, rather than plain

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At the other end of the style spectrum, ultra-modern

clean lines and minimalist decor can create a zen, spalike

sanctuary in which to relax and unwind.

Metallics are big news, and warmer gold, rose, copper

and brass tones are being incorporated in favour of

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warmer metallic accessories such as light fittings, mirrors

and storage units instead.

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2018 has been the year of experimental colour, and

as the weather heats up, our love of warm tones shows

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workable hue which can add a real richness to a room,

particularly when teamed with natural wood and

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Whether you’re working with a muted minimalistic

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hues can be used to add a glowing warmth. Because

they have a natural tone, they manage to be somehow

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And they work exceptionally well as accent colours

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F O O D & D R I N K

A head Turner

LICHFIELD-BORN CHEF RICHARD TURNER IS BACK AT THE TOP OF THE CULINARY LADDER, DELIVERING A

KNOCKOUT MENU AT THE LATEST SAUCE SUPPER CLUB DINING EVENT, AS AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS

Richard Turner is a chef ’s chef. Despite being

one of the leading lights of Birmingham’s

culinary scene for many a year, he’s shunned

the celebrity chef limelight, clearly happier

behind the pass than in front of the television

camera.

His - sadly now defunct - eponymous Michelinstarred

eatery in Harborne was a firm favourite

of ours while his new venture, Maribel on

Birmingham’s Brindleyplace, is on the list as a

must-try.

As a Lichfield lad, he’s surely one of the

greatest culinary talents to come out of the

cathedral city. So when Sauce Supper Club

announced they were bringing chef Turner

home to Lichfield for one night only at their

pop-up at The Boat Inn, we jumped at the

chance to take our seats at the chef ’s table to watch the

man in action.

I was lucky enough to pop in earlier in the day to

witness chef and his team finalise their prep for the

evening’s guests. The quiet industry in the kitchen

belied the heat - as well as ovens and stovetops blazing,

it was nearly 30 degrees outside, but Richard and his

team remain the epitome of cool.

With much of the work already carried out in Turner’s

own kitchen back at Maribel, a couple of hours before

service starts it’s just the very last elements which

require attention. The intensely aromatic Mara de

Bois strawberries which form the cornerstone of the

evening’s dessert are being chopped, while chef Turner

turns his hand to the glorious cod, which will be panfried

to perfection and served with mussels, peas and

parsley later on.

Seated at the chef ’s table later that evening, we are

treated to a first class view of the goings-on in the

kitchen. And things are getting seriously impressive as

the first of a whopping nine culinary delights, an eel

dish which is receiving a blast of smoke under a cloche

right in front of our eyes.

The delicious morsel of smoked eel bound in a crisp

crumb and accompanied by horseradish, apple puree

and a nasturtium leaf is brought over by chef Turner

himself, as is the next appetiser of anchovy, quail’s egg,

chicken and Berkswell cheese served on a dainty gem

lettuce leaf - a fine dining riff on the Chinese classic

yuk sung crossed with a chicken Caesar salad, explains

Richard. Both are a delight; the light, slightly sweet

eel intensified by the smokiness and the punch from

the horseradish, while the saltiness of the anchovy and

cheese marry perfectly with the rich quail’s egg.

A platter of sourdough with yeast butter gets the

thumbs up, and the evening is off to a flying start.

Picture perfect presentation is key, and Richard

Turner’s light and delicate menu - just what you need

on a scorching summer evening - looks every bit as

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stunning as it tastes.

The first course proper of

tomato with curd, seeds, herb

and rapeseed is garnished

with vibrant yellow and violet

flowers to create a veritable

rainbow on the plate. Here,

the humble tomato is elevated

to dizzying heights, offering

unparalleled freshness and a

delightful sweetness.

And it continues. The

pureed potato dish is rich

and unctuous, whipped

up with a heavy dose of

butter and accompanied by

creamy herring roe which

burst in the mouth, and a

dash of powdered seaweed

to emphasise that fresh salinity. It’s a little indulgent

mouthful without feeling heavy. I could eat it by the

plate load.

Up next is that cod, which has been simply yet

beautifully treated to create what was my personal

standout dish of the evening. The firm flesh flakes

perfectly, while the peas and mussels add a lovely sweet

note, all brought together by a kiss of creamy sauce.

A guinea fowl dish with combines inventiveness

with seasonality and pure, brilliant flavour earns

the accolade of best dish from two of my dining

companions. The breast is delicate with crisp skin and

there’s a glorious langoustine mousse hiding in there

somewhere too. Dainty asparagus bring the freshness

while earthy girolles add a beautiful balance. And then

there’s the sauce. Again, it’s sublime.

The final savoury offering is a deconstructed quiche

Lorraine, quite unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before.

Topped with an almost cheese and onion granita, it’s

seriously cool, melt-in-the-mouth stuff. Clever thinking

once again chef.

We’ve whiled away a good couple of hours enjoying

some of the finest cuisine to grace these parts, and the

night isn’t over yet. It’s finally time for those Mara de

Bois strawberries to have their moment in the spotlight

as part of a heavenly twist on a classic rice pudding.

Turner’s version is silky smooth, with a layer of crunch

from the accompanying meringue and those glorious

strawberries, which have been freeze-dried to intensify

the flavour, as well as turned into a jammy puree

hidden underneath the luscious mound.

The final dish is a fun nod to the summer weather,

with a cornetto of raspberry and beetroot sorbet

topped with a whip of soft meringue. The earthy

note from the beetroot provided

an interesting contrast to the super

sweet meringue and sharpness of the

raspberry; personally, the jury’s out

on this one simply because I’m not a

fan of beetroot, but I was clearly in

the minority.

When the heat is on, Sauce Supper

Club continues to deliver the best

chefs and the most exciting menus

for diners right here in Lichfield.

And, after the knockback of closing

his own restaurant at the start of the

year, it’s clear that Richard Turner

is right back at the top of his game.

This was insanely good cooking from

a chef who just gets it. Versions of

some of the supper club dishes can be

found on the current Maribel menu -

and if I were you, that’s exactly where

I’d be heading.

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F E AT U R E

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NEW LICHFIELD CAKE COMPANY THE CAKE SPA IS AIMING TO BRING A TOUCH OF

CONTEMPORARY STYLE TO DELECTABLE CENTREPIECES FOR WEDDINGS, BIRTHDAYS AND

CELEBRATIONS. AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS MORE

Concrete and marble, beautiful metallics and funky

geometric prints. Sounds very much like the the mood

board of an interior designer with an eye on the latest

trends. But no. In fact, these are just some of the ideas

translated into cake form by Lichfield cake designer

Laura Sutton.

“I kept seeing things and wanting to recreate them

in cake,” says Laura. “I get a lot of inspiration from

industrial things like concrete and ironwork. I see

something and I spend so much time thinking about

how to turn it into cake!”

Laura is the brains behind The Cake Spa, a different

kind of cake designer, creating modern on-trend

bespoke celebration cakes for your special moments in

life.

“I’ve baked for friends and family for the past five

years and I love it,” explains Laura. “I was finding

myself being asked more and more by friends of

friends and a wider network of people, and the time

has come to turn that into my full-time business.”

Although cake-making is a far cry from Laura’s

former profession, working as an analyst in the fraud

prevention arena, it’s something she has always loved.

“I’ve always made cakes, ever since I was little,” says

Laura. “We used to go to my nan’s for the summer

holidays and we’d always beg her to bake; she had a

big recipe book of Cadbury’s cakes and we’d always

pick on out for our birthdays, and then when we were

older we’d help make them. We’ve just always backed

with my nan and my mum; it’s a family tradition and

it’s stuck with me.”

After university Laura went to work in the police

force, and her cakes always went down a treat with

colleagues.

“I’d bring in cakes for occasions or for bake sales, or

just because I’d baked over the weekend, and they’d

always get snaffled,” says Laura. “Back then it was

more cupcakes, Victoria sponges and traditional

teatime-type cakes and it was all just for fun.”

But Laura soon realised that her talent for creative and

tasty bakes could be something more. She enrolled in

a sugarcraft course at Tamworth College and began

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“It was off the back of doing cakes for my mum’s

anniversary and a hen party cake for my sister-in law;

they went down really well and that’s when I got the

bug,” she says. “I started learning how to do sugar

flowers and I really go into it; I loved the fact that you

could create something so realistic-looking. I learned a

lot of the basics and from there you can pretty much

work out how things are done.”

Hours spent scouring cake-decorating tutorials on

YouTube and taking extra classes helped Laura to

expand her repertoire. She also entered cakes into

the prestigious Cake International show at the NEC,

picking up several bronze awards for her creations.

“Those are the ones where you really push yourself

and do something extra; you have to use a lot of

technique and it made me to do things that I’d never

tried of or thought of before,” Laura says. “To work

out how to do something, execute it and get really

good comments from the judges makes you want to

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CAKE DESIGNER

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“Although I don’t often get asked for those types of

cakes I now try to get people to do more interesting

things and to try different effects.

“I do a lot of unique contemporary and urban

wedding cakes and love the industrial, metallic

influence which is taking over the world at the

moment. I also love fun cakes, so anything tropical,

geometric, fruit or flamingo based, which are really

on-trend.

“At weddings now, the cakes tend to be on display all

day. People often set up their cake table next to their

top table. I think people want something more now,

and if you’re paying for a bespoke cake then you want

to make it a feature of the room for your guests to

admire.”

While the striking decorations and intricate effects are

the hallmarks of Laura’s designs, the cakes certainly

deliver on flavour too.

“My main interest is in the decoration, rather than the

baking side,” says Laura. “But I love to try different

flavours. People mostly want vanilla, chocolate or

lemon, unless it’s a wedding consultation where

people will often be a bit more adventurous. But my

friends will now say ‘surprise me’ so I experiment with

flavours like pina colada or Oreo, just to do something

a bit different.

“And it needs to taste as good as it looks. It’s a big

bugbear that people have; they pay all this money

and the cake’s dry or doesn’t taste nice. It’s really

important and I don’t know how people get it wrong.

“We went to a wedding which I’ll never forget, where

they had a high-end cake which must’ve cost a lot and

it was undercooked. To me, that’s disastrous. How can

you be selling cake and serve it either over-baked or

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“I do pride myself on the fact that my cakes are

well baked and taste good. I get great feedback,

particularly for my lemon cake which always gets the

best reaction - the secret is to just throw the lemon at

it, the zest, juice, put it all in there!”

Laura is trying to create a hub for wedding suppliers

in the Midlands, bringing together photographers,

event planners, dress designers, stylists and more to

offer brides and grooms-to-be the chance to see what

people can offer.

“I’m looking to hook up with planners and stylists to

do some styled photo shoots; people want to see what

you can do and what’s available for a certain theme,”

says Laura. “People want to know what’s achievable

and what they can do to get the ‘wow’ factor - it’s the

Pinterest and Instagram influence.

“I’ve set up a couple of groups on Facebook to get

local suppliers talking to each other. At the moment

there are a lot of forward-thinking styled shoots, but

they’re all up north so I want to get them set up in the

Midlands.

“If someone’s getting married in the Midlands,

wouldn’t it be lovely to get everything sourced locally,

from local suppliers?

“I’m going down the route of more urban weddings,

alternative weddings with an industrial feel because

that sort of thing is really big in Manchester at the

moment so it’s naturally going to happen here.

There’s a lot of great stuff happening around Digbeth

in Birmingham right now, and some really great

venues so it’s only a matter of time before these

places open as wedding venues - it’s an obvious step.”

And it’s not just weddings. Although the multi-tiered

showstopper is an integral part of most couples’ big

days, increasingly clients are after the same wow

factor for their centrepiece for other occasions.

“I’m seeing it more and more; you don’t just have a

birthday party in a social club any more,” says Laura.

“It’s not just a case of putting a balloon on each

table; people are buying flowers, hiring props,

all that stuff is not just for weddings, and I like to

think people want the cake to measure up to that

sort of event.

“You’re almost getting a wedding-standard cake,

but for your birthday or your baby shower or

whatever the occasion. The cake is an important

point of any celebration.”

For customers who don’t have a special occasion

requiring cake but who want to try Laura’s bakes

regardless, she will be offering end-of-the-month

cupcakes available to purchase by the box.

“I don’t see many cake-makers offering smaller

treats for people who just want something for the

weekend, or a payday treat, so I think it will be a

nice thing to offer,” she says.

As well as creating bespoke bakes for clients,

Laura plans to branch out into sharing her love

of cake crafting both as a fun event and for more

serious bakers.

“I want to do seasonal cupcake classes,” she says. “It’s

just a fun couple of hours, perfect for a girlie gettogether,

hen parties, even for kids’ parties, that sort

of thing, and you get to take some cakes home with

you.

“I did it for my friend’s hen party for around 20

people and everyone really enjoyed it, they had a go

and produced something which looked great.

“The other side is more professional classes, focusing

on decorating, creating certain features, doing sugar

flowers or particular effects on a cake, and even the

basics of actually covering a cake which is something

people always want to learn. A lot of it is to do with

choosing the right fondant to use; buying a better

fondant rather than just the stuff you can pick up in

the supermarkets makes it a breeze.”

And while stunning fondant-covered masterpieces

certainly tick all the boxes when it comes to a

showstopping centrepiece, Laura is rather partial

to a more simple - and cost-effective - buttercream

coating. Buttercream is enjoying a surge in popularity

thanks to the Royal Wedding effect, with Prince

Harry and Meghan Markle opting for a simple

spring-inspired cake covered in buttercream and

decorated with fresh flowers.

“People don’t realise how much you can do with

buttercream; you can do watercolour effects,

impressions in the buttercream, you can do metallic

on them, and they do look great. I love the look of a

simply buttercream-covered cake, particularly with an

ombre, and the drip cake is also really big.

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Cocktail of the month

TO CELEBRATE J’AIME’S FIRST BIRTHDAY, SHAUN CRAVEN, OF LICHFIELD’S LE RÊVE

COCKTAIL BAR, SHARES A RECIPE FOR A BIRTHDAY CAKE - IN COCKTAIL FORM

J’aime First

Birthday

25ml Cacao Blanc

12.5ml Amaretto

12.5ml Absolut Vanilla

20ml chocolate syrup

50ml squirty cream

Hundreds and thousands

Caramel syrup to coat glass

Rim a Martini glass

with a small amount

of caramel syrup.

Then roll glass

into hundreds and

thousands to coat.

Add Cacao Blanc,

Amaretto, Absolut

Vanilla, chocolate

syrup, milk and cream

to your shaker. Add

cubed ice and shake.

Double strain into

your martini glass.

Layer the squirty

cream onto the

drink and sprinkle

with hundreds and

thousands. Add

sparkler and light!

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A tipple to invest in

WINE AND SPIRITS EXPERT ROB FRENCH, FROM RICHARD WINTERTON AUCTIONEERS,

TALKS TO AMY NORBURY ABOUT BUYING AND INVESTING IN VINTAGE BOOZE

In an era of cheap, plentiful and easily accessible plonk

racked up on supermarket shelves across the land,

spending hundreds - if not thousands - of pounds

on a single bottle may seem a daunting and slightly

ludicrous prospect. But wines and spirits, particularly

whiskies, can be worth big bucks - if you have the right

ones.

Rob French is the wine and spirits expert at Richard

Winterton Auctioneers and has seen many a prestige,

interesting bottle come through the doors for auction.

But what should buyers look out for, what should we be

investing in and is any of it actually drinkable?

“As far as drinking any older wine or spirit, it’s down

to the condition,” explains Rob. “If it has been stored

correctly, ie in a cool, dark place on its side, good wine

- not all wine, but good wine - can mature for many,

many years, up to 50 years plus. But it has be a very

good wine from a very good estate so we’re talking a

Margaux, Mouton-Rothschild, Lafite, Latour, that sort

WINE AND SPIRITS

EXPERT ROB FRENCH

of thing.

“Very similarly, whisky matures very well. Generally,

the older the whisky, the higher the price. When they’re

buying, people are looking to get rare bottles and good

vintages which aren’t available in retail any more.

“Some of the wines and whiskies we get here sell for

very good money.”

One of the most significant recent sales at Richard

Winterton was a prized bottle of Macallan whisky. The

25-year-old Macallan Anniversary Malt, bottled in

1984 and presented in a wooden box, was eventually

knocked down for an impressive £2,600.

The most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold at

auction was also a Macallan; this particular bottle

of Macallan M scotch in a Lalique crystal decanter

fetched some £470,000 - an eye-watering prospect.

“The cost of production plays a part, and it’s really

wines from the low-yielding marquee vineyards

fermented in oak for longer periods will fetch most

money,” says Rob. “It’s a case of supply and

demand when buying; if there’s less of it, more

people want it and the more they’ll pay for it.

“If you’re buying wine or whisky for an

investment, you do need to be looking at

spending serious money. It’s alright spending

£20 on a bottle of wine and keeping it for a

number of years, but don’t expect to ever make

any money from it.

“However, certain bottles are worth looking out

for. There’s a Macallan Gran Reserva which you

could have bought for £50 in the late 1990s, but

one was sold at auction in 2016 for £1,200.

“If you’re investing in whiskies now, you’re

probably looking at ten to 15 per cent growth

per annum with the right ones. So we’re talking

your Macallans, Benromach, Lagavulin, even

your Bowmores - a 30-year-old Bowmore can

sell for £10,000. But it has to be a specific

one; again, the low-yielding ones are the most

collectable.”

And what does Rob think are the classics of the

future?

“I’ve got wines that I’ve had for ten years, that

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I’ll probably drink in another two years because they’re

still a bit too young; I bought some in 2005, which was

a classic year, a legendary Bordeaux year.

“Looking at more recent wines, 2015 was an

outstanding year in Bordeaux - it’s possibly going to

be legendary. So if you happen upon a 2015 premiere

grande cru Bordeaux from one of the great chateaux,

that will be one to invest in. Or if you can get a 2010,

that was another great year, and one to look out for.”

If you are planning to invest in wines and whiskies,

Rob recommends doing plenty of research before

taking the plunge. Websites such as Wine Searcher

and The Whisky Exchange, he says, are an excellent

starting point.

“At the moment, whisky is the area which is showing

the most growth,” explains Rob. “At auction, people

are looking for marquee single malts from the great

distilleries.

“Ports are also becoming very popular at auction.

Despite the fact that gin is the ‘in’ spirit, it’s one to

drink now, it’s not an investment. Fine wines, whisky

and port will always be the ones to look out for.

“When it comes to port, Warres, Graham’s, Niepoort

and Quinta do Noval are all names to look out for.

1966 was a very good year; in the Seventies it was all

about 1977 while the Eighties had some very good

years, particularly 1983 and 1985. In the Nineties it

was 1992 and 1995, and more recently 2003 and 2007.

A bit too young, so you won’t be drinking this for many

years, but 2015 was also a very good year so perhaps

one to look at for investment.

“Port, like fine wine, will continue to mature in the

bottle for 50-plus years.”

Very aged wines, while probably not suitable for

drinking, continue to attract buyers looking for rare,

collectable bottles. The oldest bottle ever sold, says

THE 25-YEAR-OLD

MACALLAN WHICH SOLD

AT RICHARD WINTERTON

AUCTIONEERS FOR £2,600

FINE WINES AND SPIRITS

ARE ALWAYS IN DEMAND

AT AUCTION

Rob, was a 1787 Margaux, while an 1869 Chateau

Lafite Rothschild sold for £175,000.

“Those bottles are bought for the prestige,” says Rob.

“They’re collectables in themselves. Here we sold a

bottle of 1949 Krug Champagne to a collector in

America for £1,000 and when I asked his courier what

the buyer was going to do with it, he said ‘just put it on

show’.

“I had a Mouton Rothschild 1929 come in; the label

wasn’t in the best condition but I always wondered

what it would taste like. When you buy at auction,

obviously you have know idea what it’s going to be like,

but if it has provenance and if it’s been stored correctly

then wine does keep well.

“And then we had a lady who came in with a bottle

and wanted to know whether she could drink it, or

whether she should just throw it away. It was a 1962

Sauternes from Chateau D’Yquem and I explained

that, in my opinion, it’s the finest chateau which

produces Sauternes, from possibly the finest year of the

20th century which would be worth around £300 to

£400. Needless to say, she was very surprised and the

bottle finally sold for its £300 reserve.

“People who come to auction are looking for

something unusual that they can’t get in the shops, or

they’re looking for a bargain. And here you can get

both; that’s the beauty of auctions.”

Fine wines, whiskies and port form part of the next

Fine and Decorative Arts sale at Richard Winterton’s

Lichfield Auction Centre, Fradley, on September 19.

For more details visit www.richardwinterton.co.uk

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F O O D & D R I N K

The perfect summer tipple

PATRICK GAUNT, OPERATIONS MANAGER OF SPECIALIST SARDINIAN WINE COMPANY

ITAL SARDO, INTRODUCES SOME GREAT WHITE WINES FOR SUMMER SUPPING

Summer is underway and we have some great wines

to bring to you. Guaranteed a great standard, all

are suited for summer so are highly recommended

to anyone looking to get into wine or just looking

to try something new. We also aim to appeal to

the discerning wine consumer to try any of our

exclusive white wines. I have shaken the hand of each

winemaker, bringing the local treasure of Sardinia to

our clients.

Our range of white wines vary from light and fresh

numbers, to bottles that have been handcrafted to pair

with food. Sourcing from Sardinia, Vermentino is the

main white grape variety. You can also find this grape

in Tuscany and very few Southern French blends. It is

the pride and joy of Sardinia, and we feel privileged to

bring it to you.

White wine that pairs perfectly

with a catch-up:

Cheja, Cantina Morgoro – A white

wine that is delicate and floral with subtle

hints of pear. This finely tuned wine is

made up of a blend of native Sardinian

grapes, contributing with fantastic

layers. This is definitely something

different, needing no assistance with the

development of flavours,

yet, pairing beautifully with

steamed white fish.

Recommended by Us:

Dié, Tenute Delogu – Our first

choice when looking to introduce

the UK to high quality Vermentino.

With the winery just a short drive

from our Sardinian office, we

already had a great relationship with

the winemaker. Personally sharing

stories with us on what he wanted to

bring to the people was fascinating

and showed how much this man

cared about his wines. Producing a

balanced glass of lemon, peach and

vanilla, I have not tried many other

wines that are as well-sculpted as this

one.

We have spoken to many customers

who have been unsure on trying wines that they do not

recognise, we didn’t expect anything less. With this in

mind, we have gained the trust of repeat customers

and welcome any questions that you may have. We are

wine providers, not salespeople, and would love for you

to share this great experience with us. You can view all

our wines on our website at www.italsardo.com.

Please do not hesitate to contact myself, Patrick Gaunt,

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It isn’t often that the table centrepiece

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Lichfield: the foodie city

LICHFIELD’S REPUTATION AS A FOODIE HAVEN WILL ONCE AGAIN BE SHOWCASED AT THE

CITY’S SUMMER FOOD FESTIVAL, WHICH TAKES OVER THE CITY FROM AUGUST 25 TO 27

Lichfield, in recent years, has become something of a

mecca for foodies - and nowhere is that encapsulated

more than at the annual Lichfield Food Festival,

which once again takes place over the August Bank

Holiday weekend.

Now in its seventh year, the success of Lichfield Food

Festival goes from strength to strength. Voted as one

of the top ten events to go to in the summer by The

Sun newspaper, it shows that the city of Lichfield like

to ‘put on a good spread’ for its visitors.

Last year, the city welcomed more than 180,000

visitors to its three free festivals - Lichfield Food

Festival, Lichfield Christmas Food and Drink Festival

and Lichfield Home and Garden Festival. This

year’s offerings have expanded to include a Gin,

Ale and Cheese Festival in June as well as Lichfield

Oktoberfest, while the monthly Lichfield Grub Club,

a street food extravaganza, has grown to become an

integral part of the city’s foodie scene since its launch

in March.

This summer, the whole of centre of Lichfield will

be closed down and play host to more than 300 food

and drink stalls with something for everyone, selling

everything from chutney to chillies, jams to jerk

chicken, fudge to fajitas and tipples to treats.

For all of you foodies out there - if you like to

eat while you walk then you might want to take

advantage to the street food traders, selling

tantalising foods from more than 38 countries.

With six former Great British Bake Off celebrities

coming along to take to the Central England Cooperative

Cookery Theatre stage, free cookery

schools, children’s activities, pop up demonstrations

and competitions, this is a family festival with lots

to do for everyone. Whatever you like to do, you are

sure to find something to fill up your August Bank

Holiday weekend at the Lichfield Food Festival.

And the Lichfield Food Festival was just one of the

city’s food and drink providers to get the nod at

the recent Midlands Food, Drink and Hospitality

Awards, which was held at Edgbaston Stadium last

month.

The prestigious awards saw a whole host of

restaurants, chefs, bars and eateries from across

the entire Midlands region go head-to-head to be

crowned best in their category.

Lichfield Food Festival itself narrowly missed out

on the Most Popular Festival title to Birmingham’s

Colmore Food Festival in a hotly contested category.

But it was back to winning ways for the city’s two

other nominees.

Lichfield rising star Liam Dillon, chef-patron at The

Boat Inn, beat off competition from chefs including

Birmingham favourites Aktar Islam and Andy

Waters, as well as Nottingham’s two Michelin-starred

Sat Bains, to be named Best Chef, a huge testament

to the talent of a young chef with an excellent

pedigree, serving up some of the most exciting food

in the city.

And coffee aficionado Deborah Pease and her

team from the hidden gem Melbourne in Lichfield

scooped a well-deserved Best Independent Coffee

Shop award. Debs is renowned for serving up some

of the best coffee Lichfield has to offer, as well as

being single-handedly responsible for introducing the

city to the delights of the turmeric latte - now one

of the coffee shop’s most popular offerings. Starting

life in a small kiosk hidden away in Bolt Court, off

Market Square, Debs recently opened Melbourne

2.0, a spacious coffee shop on Bird Street, which has

quickly become Lichfield’s top coffee spot.

So whatever culinary delights take your fancy,

Lichfield has cemented its reputation as the foodie

city which is bound to offer something to tantalise the

taste buds.

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Victorious Valencia

RB COLLECTION’S DIRECTOR OLIVER AND HIS HUSBAND ROBBIE TRAVELLED FROM FROM BARCELONA TO

VALENCIA, SPAIN’S THIRD BIGGEST CITY, TO EXPLORE ITS HISTORY, CULTURE AND OUTSTANDING FUTURISTIC

OUTLOOK. ROBBIE REPORTS ON THEIR TRIP WHICH PLEASANTLY SURPRISED THEM BOTH

The first thing that struck me as we lined up to board

the train from Barcelona to Valencia, was how easy

it all was. No long airport security queues, no lining

up 20 minutes before your aeroplane has even hit

the tarmac just to make sure you can take a bag on

board. When we travel these are the necessary evils

that we have all come to expect, but on my recent

trip I had none of these stresses. After a few glorious

days in Barcelona I jumped on the metro at Passeig

De Gracia and travelled just one stop to Estacion

Barcelona Sants, where I boarded my Valenciabound

train. A standard seat on this train is on a par

with a first-class seat on the Eurostar with plenty of

leg room in a spacious cabin. The three hour journey

took me along aqua blue coastal horizons and passed

medieval hilltop towns. By the time I had watched a

movie and had a snooze it was time to disembark.

I decided to soak in the city and walk to my rented

weekend home so I could get my bearings. I was

instantly blown away by the amazing architecture

of Valencia. Almost every street corner looked

postcard perfect with pastel hues of lemon and

mint drenching the ornate buildings in a type of

cheeriness that you only see in movies. Elaborate

white floral moulds decorated doorways and

bordered windows adding even more prettiness to the

already breath-taking streets. My area of choice was

Russafa and as I meandered up and down its lanes I

passed quirky vintage stores and cute cafés. Although

the buildings were bright and busy I was surprised

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at how relaxed the city was. Valencia has an

almost sleepy quality which is a bonus when

you want to walk at a slow pace and take in its

beauty.

Once I’d freshened up it was time to explore,

so I met up with friends and headed towards

the old town for our bicycle tour. We were met

by our tour guide Veronica who was really fun

and full of information. As she led us through

the cobbled streets of the city she told us tales

of past and present and gave us an insight to

some of the future plans for Valencia. After

admiring the 13th Century cathedral, Veronica

whisked us off again towards the City of Arts

and Science.

As we cycled through the quaint streets we

went by building after building, each one more

beautiful than the last, and over the famous

bridge of flowers which opened in 2012. It was

home to an explosion of pink, white and red

blooms that cascaded from flower beds. As we

breezed passed on our bikes the sweet smell of

summer lingered in the air. We turned a corner

and free rolled down a small path to the park

that led us under the flower bridge to a stretch

of green, or as locals call it: the “River Bed”.

It’s actually no longer a river bed; in 1957

Valencia experienced a devastating flood that

sadly killed 60 people and changed the city forever.

The following year, the city changed its fate and set

the river on a new path towards the Mediterranean

Sea, safeguarding the city from future catastrophes

and a new public park was born.

This is surely one of the nicest parks I’ve visited, I

couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face as I looked

around to see my dearest friends cycling beside me

and as we went passed joggers, yogis and picnics; I

knew what was just around the corner

and I couldn’t wait!

I caught a glimpse of L’Hemisfèric,

the futuristic structure, through the

trees and it seemed to be looking right

back at me. The mid-day sun bounced

off a pool of aqua marine reflecting

the structure that it houses. An almost

perfect silhouette of a human eye. One

half standing strong in its futuristic

form, the other half rippling and

glistening in the sunlight. I hadn’t

realised before, but this building

was designed to use the surrounding

waters and create optical illusions like

a modern-day Salvador Dali. Dali

has always been a hero of mine; his

surrealist landscapes could never be

matched (in my humble opinion) until

now. Santiago Calatrava and Félix

Candela’s City of Arts and Science is

my new love. Dali’s paintings allowed

my imagination to run wild and

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create my own surrealist landscapes in my head, but

Calatraya and Candela have allowed me to walk

amongst the surrealism.

With an original budget of €300 million, but coming

in at closer to €900 million upon completion; the

project had its problems, but as I stood at the water’s

edge trying to take in all of its glory I could see how

they got a little carried away.

Off on our bikes again we cycled around

the structures and headed toward

El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe

Felipe (Museum of Science). Another

magnificent structure that mimics the

skeleton of a whale. Huge rib-like shards

jut out creating geometric shadows that

scatter across the paths and walkways.

After the usual 20 minutes of lying on

the ground trying to get the perfect

snapshot we cycled around the corner

to the opera house and performing arts

centre (El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía).

At my first sight of the building, with

its three hovering layers, I thought it

was a flower bud opening and then I

thought it could have been an abstract

egg. However, Veronica, our lovely tour

guide, pointed out the feather silhouette

that sits at the top of the futuristic

form and I realised that once again my

imagination had got carried

away. Then again, that’s what

this place is all about. It is a

place to dream, a place to

imagine yourself on another

planet or maybe somewhere far

into the future with hovering

cars and robots. It’s odd to

think how this whole area was

once an unwelcome site of

natural disaster and as I think

about the people who lost their

lives there due to the flood, I

also think about how much I

admire the people of this city

for taking a tragedy and turning

it into something beautiful.

On the water there were people

Zorbing, which is a huge

inflatable ball that rests on the

water and allows adventurers to

climb in side and walk on water.

Strange transparent boats

housed loved up couples and

excitable toddlers. The whole

scene was beautiful. It left me

wondering if this is what Walt

Disney had in mind when he imagined Epcot Centre

in Florida. A future world for people to dream,

laugh, and take on feats of adventure.

Although I could have stayed there all day it was time

to move on. We rode through the park towards the

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Old Town to return our bikes, passing locals going

about their daily business. We then headed towards

the Central Market for lunch. After satisfying our

senses with the market’s offering of sweets, breads,

fruit and meat we found a little spot nearby to eat.

Local wine and too many carbs left us satisfied, but

sleepy… siesta time!

That evening we re-grouped at the incredible La

Bella De Cadiz. An Aladdin’s cave of a bar that is

crammed with antiques, vintage clothes, books, dolls,

strange toys and other bizarre objects, offering an

air of eccentricity. The chirpy bar tenders matched

the bar perfectly and as they whizzed around us

bringing huge gin cocktails and witty jokes, I felt like

I’d been welcomed in to another world and I had

gone through the looking glass ending up in a weird

Wonderland.

After quenching our thirst we headed for dinner.

Canalla `Bistro by Ricard Camarena is a dimly lit

Asian fusion restaurant that offers a variety of set

menus. As we were part of a group we decided

that a set menu would be the easiest option. Set

menus often leave me feeling underwhelmed, so I

was reluctant, but ever the people pleaser I played

along. I wasn’t disappointed. I mentioned to the staff

that I didn’t eat seafood, which was no problem as

they replaced my portion of the seafood dishes with

delicious duck, vegetable curries and plenty of other

elaborate dishes, leaving my fellow diners jealous.

Dish after dish left me wanting more, even when I

could no longer fit anymore in. Just when I thought

it was over… out came the sweet things. I don’t just

have one sweet tooth I have a whole mouth full and

as I gorged on ice cream, chocolate and anything else

I could get my sticky fingers on, I thought about my

day and made a toast to good friends, great food and

Valencia - my new favourite city.

Other things to do in Valencia:

Beach: a 1.2km long and 135 wide white sandy

beach is located just a 15 minute drive from the old

town. There’s plenty of space for families and a wide

promenade offers relaxing bars and restaurants

Oceanographic Centre: Also part of the modern

part of the city is this water-based visitors attraction.

Designed by the architect Félix Candela and the

structural engineers Alberto Domingo and Carlos

Lázaro, it is worth a visit for the buildings themselves

Torre del Micalet: a beautiful church tower offering

great views over the old town

Food Glorious Food: Valencia is a foodie heaven,

wander the cobbled streets and sample pica pica

tapas and a cana and bar hop around the old town

Opera and Music: for culture lovers, experience a

concert or opera at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia.

FACT BOX

How to get there: Fly from East Midlands,

Manchester and London. Or the city is well

connected to other Spanish cities by rail, air

and road

How long to stay: Minimum three nights, but the

city lends itself well to a week’s holiday, especially

with it’s fabulous beach

Cost of living: The city is surprisingly good value

for money for food and drink, with menus of the day

around 10 Euros per person, compared with 12-15

Euros in Barcelona

Language: It is interesting to note the locals speak

Valencian, a form of Catalan and of course their

national Castilian/Spanish. English is widely spoken

but it is always respectful to try out your language

skills with the locals and they were warm

to reciprocate

Where to stay? For ease of access to the main

sights, the old town is perfect, for a more local

neighbourhood feel head for Russafa.

When to go? The city hosts many festivals through

the year, visit www.visitvalencia.com/en for full

details. For more pleasant temperatures and fewer

crowds visit during May/June or September/October.

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notice. Offer available to new bookings only.

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LO CA L A R E A

What’s On Local

YOUR GUIDE TO THE BEST OF WHAT’S ON IN AND AROUND

SUTTON COLDFIELD, LICHFIELD, WALSALL AND BEYOND

WHAT: Film Festival

WHERE: Lichfield Cathedral

WHEN: August 6 to 11

The outdoor cinema experience comes inside to

Lichfield Cathedral this summer, complete with astroturf!

Bring your chairs, blankets and picnic, and enjoy a

week-long evening film festival celebrating kids classics

and war-themed films. The week’s entertainment

includes Hacksaw Ridge, Testament of Youth, Sing

Along: The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and Mary

Poppins, before culminating with 2011’s Oscarnominated

War Horse.

Tickets are priced at £5, available at The Shop at No. 9,

The Close, or online. Call 01543 306150 or visit

www.lichfield-cathedral.org

WHAT: Drive-In movies

WHERE: Beacon Park,

Lichfield

WHEN: August 10 and 11

Drive-in movie nights return

to Lichfield for summer

with a feel-good classic and

a blockbuster spectacular

showing on Beacon Park’s

giant inflatable screen.

Watch the all-singing, all-dancing spectacle, The Greatest

Showman, on Friday, August 10, followed by Julia Roberts

and Richard Gere in the modern day fairytale Pretty

Woman on Saturday, August 11.

Simply tune in your car radio to hear the soundtrack and

remember to leave plenty of room for movie meals and

cinema snacks. There will also be a reserved area in front

of the cars for on foot ticket holders to bring along chairs

and blankets to enjoy the film outside.

Entry is by pre-booked ticket only; tickets cost £25 per

car with a maximum of four people, £8 on foot including

headset hire, or £5 on foot without headset hire.

Headsets also require a £15 refundable deposit.

For more information call 01543 308867 or visit

www.lichfieldhistoricparks.co.uk

WHAT: The Great Exhibition: Imagine Peace

WHERE: Lichfield Cathedral

WHEN: August 17 to 27

The Great Exhibition: ‘Imagine Peace’ is a profound

and reflective installation from the Cathedral’s Artist-inresidence

Peter Walker, alongside the creative team at

Luxmuralis.

1,918 trees will be brought to the front of the Cathedral

for eleven days in August. Once through the ‘Peace

Woodland’, the journey continues inside the Cathedral as

the interior is transformed through a spectacular series of

light and sound installations. Following the exhibition, the

trees will be planted in Beacon Park, Lichfield, to form a

new permanent woodland.

Tickets are £4, or £3 for children and £10 for a family of

four (two adults, two children), available online at

www.lichfield-cathedral.org or at the Cathedral Shop.

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WHAT:

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WHERE:

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Hippodrome

WHEN: July 4 to

September 8

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning

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inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable

Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original

songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the

story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with

a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take

a stand and change her own destiny.

Winner of more than 85 international awards,

including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda continues to

delight audiences around the world. To book tickets

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Dinosaurs

WHERE: Arena Birmingham

WHEN: July 26 to 28

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people in more than 250 cities

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in almost cinematic realism in front of you. Walking

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WHAT: Britney Spears

WHERE: Genting Arena

WHEN: August 31

Yes you heard right... Britney Spears will be

performing her final UK arena tour date of

her #1 Las Vegas residency show, right here

in the Midlands at Birmingham’s Genting

Arena.

Britney: Piece of Me has been seen by some

of Hollywood's biggest names, such as

Beyoncé, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Kirsten Dunst

and Calvin Harris - and now this is your

chance to see why. Experience Britney classics

like '...Baby One More Time', 'I'm A Slave

4 U', 'Toxic' and '(You Drive Me) Crazy, in a

phenomenal set list that will keep you dancing

all night long.

Added to all this, support comes from

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HOLIDAY PACKING GIVING YOU A HEADACHE? AMY NORBURY ROUNDS UP THE

BEST IDEAS FOR YOUR BEACH-TO-BAR AND BEYOND CAPSULE WARDROBE

READY to escape England’s unreliable summer? Then it’s time to

reconsider your holiday wardrobe.

A well thought out capsule collection will save your suitcase struggles

and avoid the unnecessary overpacking we’re all guilty of - after all,

nobody really needs ten bikinis, all the dresses and a dozen pairs of

shoes for a week in the sun.

From swimming to sightseeing, all you really need for your next

sun-soaked getaway are a handful of versatile staples to give you a

wealth of mix and match options to take you from beach to bar and

beyond.

This summer we’re channelling a retro vibe, inspired by glamorous

destinations such as St Tropez and Santorini - the style set’s Greek

island of choice. Think oversized sunnies, cork wedges and kaftans -

which have seen a resurgence - for a splash of Seventies style.

Sticking to the same colour palette makes getting ready stress-free

as your pieces blend together seamlessly, making you look chic and

pulled together. For effortless style, opt for blues, white and yellows

reminiscent of whitewashed buildings, sandy beaches, crystal clear

seas and bright sunny days - bliss!

The right swimwear is a crucial element of your holiday packing, so

look for something as comfortable and flattering as it is stylish. Onepieces

offer more coverage without compromising on glamour, while

mix-and-match bikinis will give you a plethora of options. Swimsuits

can also double up as a body for evening paired with floaty trousers

or a maxi skirt.

With sunscreen, towel and perhaps a book to carry around, a beachready

bag is a must. While woven basket bags were once reserved for

beach time only, they are one of summer 2018’s hottest bag trend, so

invest in one now and you’ll be using it all season long.

A chic cover-up is an essential - after all, a nasty sunburn is the one

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FA S H I O N

Stylish summer

JILL HARTLEY, CO-OWNER AND DIRECTOR OF NERO E BIANCO EXCLUSIVE FASHION

AND BRIDAL BOUTIQUE AT BARTON MARINA, TAKES A LOOK AT STAYING STYLISH IN SUMMER

The summer sunshine is here, so we can enjoy our lovely summer wardrobe at last. During warm weather it’s

sometimes difficult to feel cool while looking chic and elegant.

The fabric of clothing is really important to keep the look and keep you cool. Historically linens are the staple

summer fabric, but pure linen doesn’t always achieve chic and elegant. So, this was my mission; to find clothing

that ticked the boxes for easy wear through the lovely sunny days. I hope you enjoy my choices.

Statement skirt

What an amazing two piece! This skirt gives a real

taste of summer with the vibrant dip hem skirt and

simple elegance of the top. The mixed fabrics gives the

cool feeling without the creases. Wear with heels for a

summer evening out or pop on flip flops for a casual

look.

Tantalising texture

Cobalt blue is the most stunning colour this year. This

dip hem skirt is so on trend but yet will be a classic

for any wardrobe. The milk colour top with the detail

little sleeve is perfect and suits most figures. Both skirt

and top are in the same mix fabric, with texture to

add to the uniqueness of this outfit.

For a casual look wear with flat casual shoes or

pumps, then dress up with heels. This two piece will

take you anywhere.

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and looks effortless in creating a style that’s different.

Dipping at the back creates a flattering, stylish easy to

wear staple for your summer wardrobe.

Stay smart

Sophisticated and classy... what more is there to say

about this dress. Super fabric, no creases, cool and

flattering to all figures. This is an absolute must for

summer and this will carry through to autumn by

popping a long sleeve basic underneath.

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Win stylish beach accessories worth £100

J’AIME HAS TEAMED UP WITH DOLPHIN SWIMWARE, BASED AT MITCHELL'S EXCLUSIVE SHOPPING, TO OFFER

READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN SOME STYLISH BEACH ACCESSORIES, WORTH NEARLY £100

At Dolphin Swimware you'll find everything you

need for holiday swimwear for you and your family.

Dolphin Swimware also specialises in swimwear and

equipment for the competitive swimmer to the social

swimmer.

Dolphin Swimware was set up in 2014 by Michelle

Jackson and Sue Ericksen, who founded leading

children’s swim school Sutton Dolphins back in 2003.

Sue says: “Over the last 13 years we have gained a

vast amount of experience in the swimming industry

and an understanding for what customers really want.

“Our children naturally loved the water, they were

around the pool all the time and got involved in

club swimming and needed training equipment

and swimwear, which was not always easy to find.

Michelle's daughter then became involved in

synchronised swimming and was soon competing. As

swim parents know, this went from training once a

week to six times a week.

“We know how hard it is to find swimwear when you

really need it. We wanted to provide a local shop

which sells everything for swimming and training,

from birth to adults. We also know that it is hard to

buy beach wear in the autumn and winter except

online. So alongside the quality swimwear we also sell

high quality beachwear.”

Based at Mitchell’s Exclusive Shopping, on Weeford

Road, Sutton Coldfield, Dolphin Swimware stocks

a wide variety of quality swimwear and equipment,

with an excellent range from leading brands including

Arena, Aquasphere, Freya, Funkita, Funky Trunks,

Havaianas, Maru, MP by Michael Phelps, Rip Curl,

Seafolly, Seafolly Kids, Speedo, Tangle Teezer, TWF,

TYR and Zoggs.

Customer service is also of the utmost importance,

and Michelle, Sue and their team are on hand the

help with any queries, always going that extra mile

to deliver. Customers will also receive 10 per cent

off their next purchase when they review Dolphin

Swimware on Google.

For all your swimwear and equipment needs call

Dolphin Swimware on 0121 308 5992 or email

enquiries@dolphinswimware.co.uk or pop into

Mitchell's Exclusive Shopping to browse the latest

range of swim and beachwear and more. The shop

is open seven days a week, there are comfy changing

rooms where you can try at your leisure, and there

is plenty of free on-site parking. You can also shop

online at www.dolphinswimware.co.uk

The Competition

J’AIME HAS TEAMED UP WITH DOLPHIN

SWIMWARE TO OFFER READERS THE CHANCE

TO WIN THIS STYLISH SEAFOLLY BEACH BAG

AND HAVAIANAS FLIP FLOPS, WORTH

NEARLY £100.

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, SIMPLY ANSWER

THE FOLLOWING QUESTION:

WHERE IS DOLPHIN SWIMWARE BASED?

YOU COULD WIN THIS STYLISH

SEAFOLLY BAG AND HAVIANAS

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Send your answer, along with your name,

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Swimware competition as the email subject. Entries

must be received by 5pm on Friday, August 24, and our

winner will be notified by Wednesday, August 29. Terms

and conditions apply. The prize is non-exchangeable,

non-transferable and not redeemable for cash or other

prizes. Visit www.jaimemagazine.com for further details.

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B E AU T Y

Holiday beauty edit

WHETHER IT’S A WEEKEND AWAY OR A FORTNIGHT ESCAPE TO THE SUN, ENSURE YOUR TRAVELLING BEAUTY

BOUNTY IS FIRST CLASS. OPT FOR THE HOTTEST HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS TO PREEN AND PAMPER FROM

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With its innovative

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Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi EDP,

£155: Capturing the scent of Italy’s Amalfi

coast in a bottle, this private blend fragrance

boasts sunshine notes of citrus fruits, mint, thyme

and wildflowers.

Lancôme Soleil

Bronzer hydrating

after-sun milk, £26:

Enriched with luxurious

oils, this delicately

perfumed milk hydrates

and nourishes skin

to prolong your tan’s

radiance.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess

Shimmering Oil for hair and

body, £38: This super-luxurious

oil shimmers and softens skin with

a sensual sheen while helping tame

flyaway hair and enhancing gloss and

shine.

SHOW Beauty Thermal

Protect, £36: A specialised

complex of hydrolysed wheat

protein enhances body and

shine while a blend of antioxidants

protects against heat;

actively improving the strength

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CO M P E T I T I O N

The colour of summer

FOR STYLISH SUMMER HAIR, IT’S ALL ABOUT ROSE QUARTZ - AND J’AIME HAS TEAMED UP WITH

FRANCESCO GROUP STREETLY TO OFFER READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN A HAIR MAKEOVER

Francesco Group Streetly offers a stylish retreat in the

suburbs of Sutton Coldfield.

The salon itself is spacious and oozes style; with

oversized, ornate mirrors, crystal light fittings and a

super-comfy Chesterfield for you to sit back and

relax on.

The salon’s styling and colouring teams work hand

in hand to create a colour and style combination that

perfectly complement each other to give you your

dream finished look.

The salon team is led by husband and wife duo, Paul

and Saranne Corbett, who provide a welcoming and

friendly atmosphere for all their clients. So, whether

you fancy a bold, creative new look or an update to

your classic style, the experienced team will be with

you every step of the way.

The colour of the summer is Rose Quartz – a

luxurious colour with ultimate shine. If you think

you’ve seen pink hair, think again; this season’s

shade has soft grey undertones and is cooler than

the pastel pinks we’ve seen in previous seasons. It’s

a subtle shade, which washes out easily, perfect for

transforming your locks for that special summer event

or holiday.

Love your balayage or highlights, but would like

to refresh your look for the new season, with no

commitment? Francesco Group’s semi-permanent

colour services could be the perfect choice to upgrade

your style this summer.

If Rose Quartz isn’t your colour, Francesco Group

Streetly have a wide selection of colour toners

available for a temporary look or to recharge your

current colour and add lots of shine.

Paul Corbett, salon director, explains everything you

need to know about toners and why they are a musthave

for keeping your hair colour looking fantastic:

“A toner can be used to neutralise unwanted tones in

your hair or to enhance and increase the vibrancy of

your desired shade. Toners come in a range of forms,

including shampoos and conditioners that contain

colour pigments, or gloss treatments that add more

vibrancy and shine. Let us tailor a shade to suit you!”

So what service should you be asking for in the salon?

If you would like to try a new shade for a special

occasion or event, a Colour Blow-Dry is the service

for you. This is a quick service, with development time

from between five to 20 minutes, depending on your

desired results.

If you would prefer to try a new colour shade for the

whole summer season, ask your stylist about bespoke

colour services. Using their range of premium semipermanent

colours, the Francesco Group team can

transform your colour for up to 10 washes - perfect

for embracing a new colour trend without the

commitment.

Complimentary colour consultations are available

at Francesco Group Streetly and give you the

opportunity to have an in-depth discussion with one

of the colour specialists, who will advise you on the

best hair colours to match your skin tone and lifestyle.

Simply call in or telephone Francesco Group Streetly

on 0121 353 388 to find out more.

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The Competition

J’AIME HAS TEAMED UP WITH FRANCESCO GROUP STREETLY TO OFFER READERS THE CHANCE

TO WIN A SUMMER HAIR MAKEOVER. ONE LUCKY WINNER WILL RECEIVE A COLOUR, CUT AND

TREATMENT TO TRANSFORM THEIR LOCKS, COURTESY OF THE TALENTED TEAM.

TO BE IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING, SIMPLY ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION:

WHAT IS FRANCESCO GROUP’S COLOUR OF SUMMER?

Send your answer, along with your name, address and telephone number, by email to competitions@jaimemagazine.

com with Francesco competition as the email subject. Entries must be received by 5pm on Friday, August 24, and

our winner will be notified by Friday, August 29. Terms and conditions apply. The prize is non-exchangeable, nontransferable

and not redeemable for cash or other prizes. Visit www.jaimemagazine.com for further details.

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I N T H E N E W S

Florist goes green with stylish rebrand

A Sutton Coldfield florist renowned for her stunning

wild, natural arrangements and bespoke service has

rebranded to give her company a new name and new

style which encapsulates her ethos.

Greenery and Co is the new name for Flowers By

Peggy Marie, based at Mitchell’s Exclusive Shopping

on Weeford Road.

The shop was opened by Peggy Prendergast in

November 2016 and has since grown to become one

of the region’s top florists, thanks to Peggy’s unique

floral designs which have a romantic, almost vintage

feel.

Peggy says: “I opened Flowers By Peggy Marie in

November 2016 and now, just over a year-and-a-half

later I’m rebranding.

“It’s the same shop and the same florist, just a new

name which better sums up what the business is

about.”

Peggy offers bespoke floral designs for all occasions,

hand-selecting the freshest flowers to create beautiful

bouquets and displays to impress. Specialising in

weddings, Peggy prides herself on offering a personal

service which ensures the individual tastes of each

bride and groom are catered for.

“Picking the right wedding flowers for your big day

can be a little overwhelming with all the options

available, that’s why we offer a free consultation in

which you are offered undivided attention,” says

Peggy.

“This one-to-one allows us to discuss options,

availability, colours, and everything needed to

capture your vision for your dream wedding flowers.

I get to know each bride and groom. understanding

what it is they require, what style they’re after and

how they want all of the floral elements to come

together on their big day.”

Peggy also offers seasonal flower workshops

throughout the year where she will guide groups

of four to six guests through making a beautiful

arrangement to take home.

Greenery and Co always have an array of fresh

flowers in store and, varying in price, there is a

option to suit everyone. The pretty shop also sells

gifts such as lanterns, vases and a few garden items

along with balloons and cards.

Local delivery is also available to Sutton Coldfield,

Lichfield and Tamworth. For more details pop into

Greenery and Co at Mitchell’s Exclusive Shopping,

Weeford Road, Sutton Coldfield, or visit the website

at www.greeneryandco.co.uk

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An established Lichfield carpet company is celebrating

more than four decades in business with the addition of a

new team member - the third generation of the family to

join the firm. Tatlow Carpets was founded by Ken Tatlow

back in 1972 and is now run by his daughter Jayne Beard.

Jayne’s son Tom has now joined the team to continue the

family tradition.

Tom said: “I’m so proud to join the family business.

Tatlow Carpets has built its name on traditional values

and bespoke service, and I want to continue to promote

those same values that we started with when my

grandfather Ken set up the business nearly 50 years ago.”

A talented golfer, Tom was previously an account manager

for Tom Tom Golf, as well as working at The Belfry. He

has played competitive golf since the age of ten, having

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Tom says: “I was born with clubbed feet and needed 12

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Tatlow Carpets pride themselves on offering a wide variety

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to maintain and restore natural stone and quartz

worktops for both domestic and commercial clients.

Neil says: “I’ve been in the granite industry for more

than 20 years; I started working in London on famous

hotels and buildings, and by the age of 21 I was

running my own site fitting marble bathrooms out in

Putney.

“Some 15 years ago my family took the leap to set up

our own company called Just Granite, a very successful

business specialising in granite, quartz and solid surface

worktops, supplying to both the commercial and

domestic markets.

“This year I found a gap in the market where nobody

was maintaining these lovely granite and quartz

worktops. I go into these lovely houses, restaurants,

casinos and notice the granite, marble and quartz tops

are damaged looking tatty, or the resin and silicons

have deteriorated so the products look old.

“So I decided to branch away from my family

business and look after people’s and companies’ luxury

worktops. With a little TLC they can be restored to the

beauty they were when they were first fitted.”

For more details contact Neil at Granite Wizard

on 07525 725201 or email

granitewizarduk@gmail.com

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Life in the fast lane

M OTO R S

J’AIME’S RESIDENT RACING DRIVER AND MOTORING EXPERT

MARTIN PLOWMAN REFLECTS ON A BUSY MONTH

June has been a pretty hectic but productive month

for myself both on and off the track; I have been

busy developing a racing simulator for my racing

coaching business that has almost broken the bank

(but don’t tell my wife!), and in my main job I took

my first big win of the year in British GT alongside

my team-mate Kelvin Fletcher.

It feels incredible to have finally won our first race

of the season, at the biggest race of the season and

in the style we did was an added bonus! Kelvin and

I had experienced a lot of bad luck in the first three

rounds of the season with mechanical gremlins

hurting our progress, but heading into British GT’s

blue-riband race at Silverstone, we were determined

to turn our season around and knew that anything

less than a win would not be acceptable.

The weekend didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts

as we had an issue with our engine that sidelined

the car for all of practice. As a precaution the team

decided to revert to the spare engine; swapping

engines in less than two hours was an impressive

display of teamwork. They managed to get the car

ready just as the green flag dropped for qualifying

where Kelvin qualified a respectable 11th place in

GT4 despite not turning a single lap in practice.

For the three-hour race we

knew we were going to have

to dig deep to make up for the

lost time and most importantly

not make any mistakes. For

the first 55 minutes of Kelvin’s

opening stint it was all going

exactly to plan. After making

up four positions with a brave

move at the start of the race,

Kelvin was punching way

above his weight racing and

holding position among the

professional drivers in GT4.

Two minutes before he was

due to pit and hand the car

over to me, all of his good

work came undone when he was involved in a racing

incident with Charlie Fagg, one of McLaren’s young

development drivers. The latter went spinning off

and out of the race, Kelvin managed to limp back to

the pits with a punctured tyre. To add insult to injury

the race stewards awarded our car with a two-minute

stop and go penalty for our part in the collision, so

after taking over controls I was ordered into pit-lane

to serve the penalty.

Buried in 10th place and a lap down to the leaders

our hopes of winning were slim to none, but with

two hours still to go, deep down I felt it was all still to

play for. Undeterred I set about reducing the deficit

and produced one of the best stints of my career

to date, setting fastest lap, after fastest lap. Sports

psychologists talk about getting into the ‘flow’ where

an athlete achieves optimal experience. When in

a flow state, people report being alert, in control,

operating in the subconscious and working at the

peak of their abilities. It’s a very rare occasion and

very hard to replicate. It has only happened to me

four or five times in the 20 years that I have been

racing, but that race at Silverstone is one that I will

remember for a long time. We overcame so much

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and even when dealt with a crippling in-race penalty

we overcame a one lap deficit to take our first win

and take the lead in the Championship with three

rounds to go.

Away from the track I have been busy developing a

racing simulator for use by my racing students both

young and old. Simulators are becoming a huge

part of motorsport as testing in real-life is so cost

prohibitive. The biggest benefit of using a simulator

is that it gives a driver unlimited amounts of track

time at no cost, all of which will enable them to

achieve a ‘flow state’ more frequently and be able to

perform at his or her very best when it matters.

I have tested nearly all of the simulators available

on the market from a £300 off-the-shelf wheel and

pedals from Curry’s, all the way to a £1 million

transformer look-alike used by Ferrari and Dallara

that recreates G-force and makes you lose your lunch

when you spin the car.

If you are looking to buy a home racing simulator to

race for fun, look no further than symdeck.com, as

seen right here in J’AIME

magazine. Symdeck is

great value for money and

the perfect starting place to

get into sim-racing.

When building my

own simulator, I was

determined to make the

most-realistic, immersive,

no-nonsense design that

my budget would allow.

Virtual Reality is improving

at a scary rate right now

and after testing the latest

Oculus Rift VR headset

I decided that they were

good enough to form the

basis of my sim. The moment that you slip on

the VR headset you are literally transformed

into an alternate reality.

All of my clients have been blown away by the

realism they offer and it makes them respect

driving in a virtual world and treat it more

like real life. The pedals in the sim are the

exact same make and model as the ones in

most racing GT cars, so you literally cannot

get closer to reality than those. A hydraulic

transducer sensor measures how hard the pedal

is being pressed and converts that pressure into

computer-friendly data to tell the simulator

how much to slow the car down.

The last piece of the puzzle in making the sim

was the steering wheel motor. Using an industrial

strength motor that outputs over 30Nm of torque,

your shoulders will feel shredded as if you have

driven a formula 1 car. While being able to handle

heavy loads, the most impressive thing about the

wheel is the two million CPR encoder. In a nutshell it

means that the steering wheel is sending two million

bits of information a second to your hands to give

precise feedback about grip levels, vibrations, wheel

lock ups, weight-transfer. It’s an intense experience

and a great workout to boot!

Now that the sim is finished I am starting to take

bookings for private sessions or even as an exhibition

display should you be interested in a fun centrepiece

for your company.

If you have any motor-related questions or would

like me to review your cool new product, I would

love to hear from you! You can find me on Twitter

@plowey or via my email

Martin@martinplowman.racing

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